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Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

Do you ever make oatmeal and then wind up with leftovers? I do all the time – and nothing seems quite as unappealing as leftover oatmeal. I know it’s perfectly edible; I know it, but I just don’t feel it. I also hate wasting perfectly good food, so clearly I needed a solution for the surplus oatmeal problem.


leftover oatmeal muffins

These muffins are easy to make, and they’re a fairly soft but hearty muffin, so they’re a great breakfast or snack for toddlers. Because they aren’t full of oil, they don’t have a terribly long shelf life. And because I have two children who would eat muffins all day long, I don’t know how long these will actually keep, but I imagine they’re best during the first day or two. If your muffins turn a bit stale, slather them with butter and grill them. You’re welcome.

muffin recipe

These Oatmeal Muffins are also fairly low in sugar – unless you decide to add 1/2 c. of chocolate chips or chopped dried fruit to them. And if you do, please tell me so we can be friends.

Let’s get started.

Yield: 11 muffins

Prep Time: About 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

Use up leftover oatmeal with these easy, hearty muffins - perfect for little ones!


1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1/4 c. brown cane sugar

1/2 t. salt

4 t. baking powder

1 t. cinnamon

1 1/2 c. leftover cooked oatmeal*

1 egg

3 T. butter, melted

1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. add-ins (chocolate chips, chopped dried fruit, nuts, etc), optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and line your muffin tins with baking cups (or grease them).
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl (or the pot you made the oatmeal in), mash the milk, oatmeal, egg, and butter until combined.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and scoop into your muffin tin, filling the wells to the top (or just shy of the top if you want an even dozen).
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  6. The muffins will look a little underdone until they cool. Eat within a day or freeze.

Adapted from Orangette

what to do with leftover oatmeal


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